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(International Herald Tribune)   Steve Case wants to create a spin-off of TimeWarner called "AOL"   ( iht.com) divider line
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2003-05-26 11:47:25 PM  
Oooh! Can I buy some stock in that piece of shiat?
2003-05-27 01:12:57 AM  
<-- This Swede uses AOL. He's a silly swede.
2003-05-27 01:14:26 AM  
I want to create a spinoff called Warner Bros. films. Let the rest of em sink.
2003-05-27 01:15:25 AM  
I applaud AOL/TMs talent. It isn't very easy to lose 99 BILLION dollars.
2003-05-27 01:17:34 AM  
And in the clusterfark, we will get Time Warner Instant Messanger.
2003-05-27 01:17:52 AM  
Can this really be the end for AOL? God, I hope not - those steel CD cases are useful.
2003-05-27 01:18:33 AM  
2003-05-27 01:18:42 AM  

I was running low on
coasters for my Pabst Blue Ribbon.
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2003-05-27 01:18:52 AM  
looooooooooooool!!! w3rd!
2003-05-27 01:20:15 AM  
oh. god. no.


we need some mercenary justice, someone take out these mofos
2003-05-27 01:20:20 AM  
b..b..but, how will all the rich soccer moms communicate without it?
2003-05-27 01:21:26 AM  
VexedThespian - OK, why are you counting and where did you start from? Do you realize you are off by one?
2003-05-27 01:24:46 AM  
05-27-03 01:21:26 AM Andonbray

VexedThespian - OK, why are you counting and where did you start from? Do you realize you are off by one?

Maybe he's counting faps per day?

/just kidding
2003-05-27 01:31:03 AM  
I applaud Krapitino for submitting a message that points to an advert and makes fun of it. No, really, he's pointing right at the advert. Howdy do dat?

Trouble is that the "Personal of the day" will change over to another person now that it's after midnight (US east coast, anyway).
2003-05-27 01:33:34 AM  
these personals are scary, and yes, I bet the admins will delete any and all messages discussing the personals.

2003-05-27 01:36:14 AM  
It was all a mistake from the beginning. Steve accidentally clicked on a popup one day and a week later UPS delivered Time-Warner to his door. With a 15% restocking fee, it just didn't seem like a good idea to return it at the time.
2003-05-27 01:40:34 AM  
we should start a group called Citizens Against AOL Time Warner's AOL Division. Or CATWAD for short.
2003-05-27 01:41:00 AM  
My guess is that VexedThespian is counting non-boobies posts, and that he posted in the Cheese race Cancelation duplicate post which appeared briefly on the main page, and then dropped off.

2003-05-27 01:41:42 AM  
The perfect revenge? Ted Turner buys it up and runs it into the ground!
2003-05-27 01:51:15 AM  
Wow...we've come full-circle. I bet no one saw this coming 6 months ago when this 1st hit.

It's time to start making up new dictionary words. We need some new "paradigms" and crap like that..."synergy"...in fact, we need these words:

#1 When synergy and co-branding fail, it's called a:

#2 When the board is forming useless committees to figure out how to give each other more stock, it's called a:

#3 When the average consumer knows that a corporate move is useless, but investors drive the stock thru the roof with solid business plan, it's called a:

Any other scenarios you can think of? Keep numbering...
2003-05-27 01:52:49 AM  
OK, all you people complaining about "wehre teh Boobies?!" are really, really pathetic. If you need Fark to point you to Internet porn, you have serious problems.
2003-05-27 01:54:37 AM  

"wehre teh Stok divuhdendz?!"

"wehre teh go my portfoleeoh?!"
2003-05-27 01:56:39 AM  
Not that I am a huge fan of AOL or anything, but this merger might be one of those "it looked really good at the time" sort of thing, but no one looked past what might happen if it didn't work out.
2003-05-27 01:59:30 AM  
each of those words could easily be "cockup"
2003-05-27 02:01:13 AM  
...the board has eliminated its strategy committee - of which Case had been co-chairman along with the chief executive, Wyle E. Coyote.
2003-05-27 02:03:51 AM  

Stevie: Shareholders, this whole thing was a cockup. From the moment we began the cockup, until the cockup was cockupped, we cockupped the cockup with cockupfullness.
2003-05-27 02:07:20 AM  
2003-05-27 02:12:59 AM  

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Then on the main FARK homepage, 2 days later:

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2003-05-27 02:17:26 AM  
Here your internet porn, enjoy
2003-05-27 02:19:35 AM  
Case is an idiot. He's always been an idiot. AOL was a Ponzi scheme from the start, and its business model has always depended on continually acquiring more and more users. It can't remain profitable if it doesn't continue to grow, which is why the Time-Warner people right hate it.

The SEC should've stepped in about ten years ago, but, then, the SEC is about as hollow as the EPA. It's a joke.

Case was okay -- but certainly not great -- at marketing. For the short term. But his marketing alienated as many potential customers as it snared, and so he killed off his Ponzi pyramid prematurely. Which doesn't show great business acumen.

He did one thing that was clever, albeit fairly evil -- he used his fake temporary Internet Bubble wealth to acquire real wealth, ie, Time-Warner. The SEC should never, ever have allowed that little shiatball, either, but there it is.

Now he's cranky because once he's required to do more than Ponzi games, it's obvious he doesn't know a damned thing. The Time-Warner people want to eject him as quickly as possible, which shows that they do know something.

The sooner, the better.
2003-05-27 02:20:25 AM  
You magnificent bastards!
2003-05-27 02:24:37 AM  

AOL=Amway OnLine

"Guess what Time Warner executives! Merge with me, and you'll be direct in weeks! Just find 6 companies that own 4 companies that own 2 companies, and we'll all be AOL Diamonds living a life of Free Enterprise, Free Drink Coasters and best of all FREE DETERGENT!"
2003-05-27 02:26:59 AM  
Peter_hook sez: AOL=Amway OnLine

Yeah, really. You said it.
2003-05-27 02:30:51 AM  
but...what if I don't like diamonds? ;-)
2003-05-27 02:55:58 AM  
Well, I must say I wish all the luck to Time-Warner. May they break free from the scam that was AOL and go on to live prosperous lives. My dad is on retirement now, having spent many a year with the Time division, which swallowed Southern Living. They actually treat their employees very well. He still gets gifts on his birthday. But AOL I despise, and that's only because I used to be a customer.
2003-05-27 03:11:51 AM  
Did someone say Stevie Case?
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2003-05-27 06:09:26 AM  
Did they really think when they merged that they would be a success? When they first joined together, I thought..."why the hell for?" and "who really cares?"

2003-05-27 07:25:10 AM  
This guy should be in prison. Shut up.

/Imus In The Morning
2003-05-27 09:31:55 AM  
Disintegration of AOL Time Warner? Who cares... I just
want to know how to meet that spiky-haired Asian hot
chick in the AOL 8.0 commercials. I'm sure she doesn't
*really* mean it when she gushes about the superiority of
AOL, though.
2003-05-27 09:45:22 AM  
I'm sure this new company will succeed where AOL/Time Warner has failed, I find it shameful that you farkers cannot see that a small, lean company like AOL is destined for stardom.

AOL IS the internet after all...and everyone knows the internet makes money when it doesn't waste time with pr0n and violence.
2003-05-27 11:39:02 AM  
Well, Safari sure barfs all over that page.
2003-05-27 01:54:08 PM  
What a joke, Time Warner was a pretty good company until AOL fraudelently stole them.
2003-05-27 02:02:34 PM  

Try working for AOL. It is the SuX0r
2003-05-27 02:23:40 PM  
AOL had absolutely no business buying Time Warner. The stock price proves it. Do us all a big favor, Steve, and take your toys and go home. We might be able to salvage Time Warner if they can get rid of your golden calf-turned-albatross.
2003-05-27 02:28:46 PM  
Although AOL, the Internet unit, remains a large and profitable part of AOL Time Warner,

AOL is profitable? This must be using Enron/Anderson accounting techniques? It is a crappy product, that few subscribe to and no one wants. They spend 72 trillion dollars a year mailing out free coasters. This can't be a good business plan.
2003-05-27 02:33:21 PM  
Seen this before.

USRobotics buys Megahertz
USRobotics buys Palm
3com buys USRobotics
3com spins off Palm
3com sells USRobotics to an off-shore company

The once great USRobotics is now a shadow of its former self. makes me glad I bought my Courier before the fall.

Our only hope here is that if AOL is spun off, it will also become a shadow of its former self. The downside is that the internet won't have an easily defined "ethnic" group anymore.
2003-05-27 03:37:13 PM  

Screw USR and their hippie biker jackass of a CEO. USR did more to hurt the modeming world than anyone. By making modems which were not Hayes compatible when there was a standard only made modems more expensive. I remember my old USR Dual Standard. That was retarded, and very pricey. Then they had the balls to call it "Dual Standard", what, your crappy chips are a standard now?

And Hayes, or their bargain line, Practical Perhipherals were SOLID modems. USR had a HUGE failure rate, trust me, I worked at CompUSA a long time ago.

All US Robotics did was confuse the marketplace, drive up prices by creating multiple standards, retard progress by making people and mfr's deal with integrating 2 standards, not INNOVATING...

I hope they finally fold so that megalomaniac loser of a CEO can be left with nothing but a broken dream. Ahole. We'd all be surfing stable, high-speed modems 3 years ahead of schedule if he never got in the middle of a discussion that he wasn't included in.
2003-05-27 05:04:19 PM  

Wow. Looks like I hit a nerve.

I bought into their product line after the "dual standard" nonsense. I remember that as well. Of course, mine is a V.Everything. I would have avoided their Sportster line like the plague. POS is an understatement for some of that.

It wouldn't surprise me if the CEO in question never made it past the 3com acquisition.

As for commodity quality, I had previously gone with Supra. Too bad they got bought by Diamond Multimedia. Anyone remember them? They had better NFR pricing, anyway.

My intent here is not to fan a flame war, only to clarify my experience which formed my opinion.
2003-05-27 05:30:48 PM  
It'll be like the mid 90's alover again!
2003-05-27 06:23:08 PM  

I was very heavy into the BBS scene, and when warez starting getting big, we needed modems to keep up. People either had one or the other, so it was hard to link up with people, and it halted technology innovation for a while. It was about politics, not progress, and going against the Hayes standard didn't do anything. It was very frustrating.

As far as Diamond, yeah, I do remember them. It's ultimately pretty sad that Hayes took a dump...but in this world, it's never about quality, it's about a low price, which is why we have 99c burgers everywhere that are not remotely edible.
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